Phoenix Towers – World’s New Tallest Twin Towers in China | Despite being the capital city of central China, Wuhan is little known internationally. That looks set to change, following the announcement that it will be home to the worldâ€™s tallest pair of towers. The 3,280ft (1 kilometre)-tall Phoenix Towers will dominate a newly developed 47-hectare site situated on an island in a lake that stands in the centre of Wuhan, and is intended to function as a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction.
The London-based designers Chetwoods Architects were instructed to conceive a structure that would distinguish the metropolis from other major Chinese cities; to that end, the towers are packed with unique features. One will house the worldâ€™s tallest â€œliving wallâ€, a garden that grows vertically through its interior; the other will contain the worldâ€™s tallest kaleidoscope. Housed in vast globes and connected by skywalks, suspended restaurants will hover between the two.
Chinaâ€™s increasing wealth and the populationâ€™s growing disposable income has seen domestic tourism grow significantly in recent years, and it is anticipated that the Phoenix Towers will become one of the countryâ€™s most popular landmarks. Catering to locals who have yet to travel abroad, plazas and streets leading from the base of the buildings will house what Chetwoods Architects chief executive Laurie Chetwood calls â€œan embodimentâ€ of different foreign cultures. A Turkish plaza will contain a bazaar-style market; a Japan street featuring Japanese restaurants and shops will replicate â€œneon rather than cherry blossomâ€ modern-day Japan; and a France zone will include a reproduction of a typical French street.
Named Feng and Huang after two mythical Chinese birds, the towers themselves will house a mixture of offices, hotels, residential units, shops and leisure facilities.
Known as the â€œManchester of Chinaâ€, due to its heritage as Chinaâ€™s industrial heartland, and the â€œcity of a thousand lakesâ€, Wuhan is also aiming to establish a reputation as an environmentally minded city. It was designated as an environmental â€œsuper cityâ€ by regional authorities and the Chinese government and the Phoenix Towers will generate their own power, recycle waste via biomass boilers and be finished with â€œbio-dynamic pollution-absorbing coatingsâ€.
The Â£1.2 billion development is awaiting final approval from Wuhanâ€™s mayor, with construction expected to begin next year and the towers set to be fully operational by 2018. It is one of a number of audacious new landmarks being developed across the country. An â€œundulating bridgeâ€ is set to ripple over the city of Changsha and a number of unique hotels, including a â€œgroundscaping cave hotelâ€ and â€œhorseshoe hotelâ€ are opening throughout the country.
Source: Telegraph Travel